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LVPPA news conference on grand jury's decision not to indict Lopera in chokehold death

LAS VEGAS - The Las Vegas Police Protective Association held a news conference Thursday at 5 p.m. on the grand jury’s decision not to indict former Metro Police officer Kenneth Lopera.

The ex-officer is accused of killing Tashii Brown, also known as Tashii Farmer, while he was in an unauthorized chokehold.

In June, the Clark County District Attorney's office charged Kenneth Lopera with involuntary manslaughter and oppression under color of office. 

Overall the group thinks the grand jury made the right decision.  But the ACLU disagrees.

“The decision not to indict former officer Kenneth Lopera is a travesty of justice. It is inexplicable that a jury would watch a video of Lopera choking Mr. Brown to death and not hold him accountable. As we have said since the death of Mr. Brown, who did not commit any crime the night he was killed, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department should follow the examples of Henderson and North Las Vegas and ban the use of the Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint. If LVNR remains an option on the use of force continuum, there is a likelihood of more deaths.”



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